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The first series contains examples of:
- Mis-blamed: There was no Pandering to the Base to bring Jean back. Nor was it Executive Meddling. It was simply that they finally figured out a way she could return without having killed five billion people. In fact it was executive meddling that kept her from returning until they found a way (Madelyne Pryor was even supposed to be Jean reincarnated until that was nixed).
- My Real Daddy: While Bob Layton started the series, it was Louise Simonson who really shaped it and introduced Apocalypse. She even did a mini-series, X-Factor Forever, to show what it would have been like had the entire premise of the title not changed.
The second series contains examples of:
- My Real Daddy: Peter David is the man behind both the second and third series, and the title's name is now always linked to him.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Madrox, who annoyed writers and artists alike for starting life as a visually boring and bland character whose superpower was to create visually boring copies of himself. It took Peter David's addition of creatively using his powers, a sense of humor and a philosophical side for the character to take off, and even after that, most writers still don't know what to do with him.
X-Factor Noir (2000s)
The third series contains examples of:
- Die for Our Ship: Some fans of Rictor/Shatterstar REALLY hate Rahne, especially after she tells Rictor he's the father of her baby. Well, she never explicitly stated he was the father, he just assumed when she gave a Suspiciously Specific Denial in response to the question. Mind you, she encouraged that assumption because she had religious problems with his relationship with Shatterstar and was trying to Cure Your Gays.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Shatterstar has been the subject of extensive online debate, beaten up The Thing, kissed almost as many people as the rest of the cast put together, been featured prominently in nine different covers, made himself a very likely candidate for a limited series, and just generally stolen the spotlight both in-universe and out; all this in, what, ten issues or so? Not bad for a character who the writer refused to allow anywhere near the book for quite some time.
- Ruby Summers is pretty popular, with some fans hoping that he is brought into the mainstream universe.
- God-Mode Sue / Mary Tzu: Layla, especially at the beginning. She knows everything everyone is going to do, outwits every enemy, pulls multiple gambits and eventually it turns out it was all thanks to memory uploading by her future self and her REAL power is resurrection. While much of it can be explained by her knowledge of the future allowing her to prepare for a given situation, sometimes it seems the world simply works in her favor, most egregious example is satellite just happening to fall at the fence of the prison she was held in, allowing her to escape. Her dickish attitude doesn't help.
- My Real Daddy: Layla Miller was introduced in House of M by Brian Michael Bendis as a living Deus ex Machina, but her more well-known "I'm Layla Miller. I know stuff."-persona and subsequent Character Development was the work of Peter David here.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Jamie Madrox absorbing his own son.
- Also the mutant internment camps of the future.
- The birth of Rahne's son. Just... Rahne's son.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
- Layla again. She was previously regarded as nothing but a human Deus ex Machina for House of M, but X-Factor has turned her into a genuine, interesting character.
- Shatterstar as well.
- Ron the Death Eater: Rahne seems to be the most common target of this. She's either a kind-hearted woman with some very serious emotional issues, or an evil manipulative she-bitch out to ruin everything.
All-New X-Factor (2014)
The fourth series contains examples of